The Gospel of John turns the story of Jesus on its head. We know from the git-go where it is headed and John makes no pretense about where Jesus is headed: the cross, the grave and three days later, resurrection. Jesus' anger at the temple being utilized as a shopping mall is an early and clear indication that the kingdom Jesus is leading us all to is far different from anything else that has been talked about before. This kingdom is something beyond what tradition would lead us to understand.
Tradition is an important part of who and what we are, of how and why we worship in the manner that we do. Today's reading reminds us to keep in mind that tradition has a place in what we do and who we are, but it cannot override everything else.
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